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Dreaming black/writing white : the Hagar myth in American cultural history

Author: Janet Gabler-Hover
Publisher: Lexington : University Press of Kentucky, ©2000.
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"Hagar, the Old Testament Egyptian heroine who bore Abraham's son at the behest of Sarah, was traditionally regarded as an African. Yet the literature and paintings of the nineteenth century depicted Hagar as white." "Dreaming Black/Writing White examines how the Hagar story was representative of the ways in which African Americans shaped the cultural identity of nineteenth-century America even as whites continued  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Gabler-Hover, Janet.
Dreaming black/writing white.
Lexington : University Press of Kentucky, ©2000
(OCoLC)607413512
Named Person: Hagar, (Biblical figure); Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth; H Marion Stephens; Pauline E Hopkins; Charles M Clay; Charles M Clay; Hagar.; Hagar.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Janet Gabler-Hover
ISBN: 0813121434 9780813121437
OCLC Number: 41176680
Description: xii, 196 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Hagar and John Audubon: American hybridity --
Hagar: the nineteenth-century myth --
The resurrected South: Hagar in Southworth's The deserted wife --
Hagar's demise in Southworth: Virginia and Magdalene --
The scandal of race: Stephens's Hagar the martyr --
Hagar splitting: Clark's Modern Hagar --
Prodigal daughters: Hopkins's Hagar's daughter and Black female identity.
Responsibility: Janet Gabler-Hover.

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The biblical figure Hagar was widely understood by 19th century Americans to be African, and yet in various novels and paintings she was depicted as white. In many of these novels the heroine is more  Read more...

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